If you expected to see an intellectual discussion on Twitter during tonight’s Republican presidential debate, you were sorely disappointed.
And if you were one of the thousands of people who tuned into MSNBC hoping to see a serious debate about the economy, health care, and public security, you probably felt the same way.
For more than an hour and a half, eight presidential hopefuls proved that large live debates are a place for candidates to poke at one another, push their own agendas, and dodge the real issues.
Former Utah Gov. and former U.S. Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman used every opportunity he could get to remind people about his seven kids (some of which are on Twitter) while businessman and former talk show host Herman Cain was all about his “999” plan for economic growth.
The big hitters in the debate, House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, spent a lot of time defending books they’ve written, laws they’ve signed, and comments they’ve made.
Gingrich even shook his finger at the liberal media, claiming that its sole purpose is to create a rift in the Republican party.
Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota was pretty much a no-show at tonight’s debate but that didn’t stop Twitter from being flooded with thousands of jokes at her expense.
The hashtags #GOPDebate, #tweetthepress, and #reagandebate were trending topics, collecting more than 3,000 mentions combined, according to statistics from Topsy, a social media search engine.
“I don’t blame Bachmann for not believing in evolution. It’s really let her down,” Borowitz tweeted.
“I feel like the actual Republican candidates are tied up in a Scooby-Doo warehouse somewhere,” Borowitz tweeted.
“There are people out there who want to kill us.” — Newt Gingrich, America’s Drunk Uncle,” Oswalt tweeted.
“Social Security needs fixing. It needs fixin’s. It needs toppings.” — Herbert Cain,” Oswalt tweeted.
Image credit “GOP Presidential Debate September 7, 2011 in California” by Donkey Hotey